Year: 1991 Source: Nursing Times, v.87, no.15, (April 10, 1991), p.30-31 SIEC No: 19911195

Lindars states that the psychological problem that precipitates a suicidal act is as important as the actual danger caused by the act. He argues that a holistic approach to the care of suicidal patients may help reduce the likelihood of further attempts. This would include collecting information about the patient’s normal health status, social circumstances & personal relationships. Such data collection could be done by nurses skilled in crisis intervention. (13 refs.)